When you have a teenage daughter and she knows you are interested in what she is doing with social media, she will likely keep you very up to date. So just in time for my 2/10 blog, my daughter showed me the Live video on Instagram Stories feature.
Of course, I had to try it! I updated my version of Instagram and created my own.
When someone is broadcasting live, the word LIVE will appear in pink on their Instagram story.
And this is what I saw during the LIVE recording:
People viewing live can comment but if you click on the … you can turn the comment feature off. Click End when you are done.
A great conversation with kids
This provided a great opportunity for me to ask my daughter lots of questions about what she would broadcast and why. What she should do if negative comments come in, and remind her about blocking.
As an interesting sidebar, if you are a parent, and you follow your child on Instagram, you may want to keep your notifications on so that if your daughter is with her friends and starts a LIVE story, you can pop in and say Hi ;0
Implications for Education
So, yes, Instagram seems to be trying to compete with Snapchat with its stickers and disappearing stories and now Facebook Live, Youtube Live, and Periscope with its LIVE feature.
The question is, will this impact how and why you use it?
Does the fact that there is no option to save limit its usefulness in Education or in fact make it more desirable?
Will there be implications for Districts who may have open/unblocked access to Instagram?
This is another good reminder that as adults, we will never be able to keep up with changes in apps and technology, but if we ask a tween or a teen, they are often a fountain of knowledge.
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